Just because it’s been raining for, like, a gazillion days on end, doesn’t mean our pre-bridal skin is soaking up the wet stuff. Winter skin, no matter how stormy the season, needs a little help from antioxidants and hydrating compounds. Which is exactly what Red Flower packs into its Illuminating Rose Collagen Renewal Face Serum. Boosted with rose damascena petals and 10,000 cold-pressed cloudberry and raspberry seeds, this rejuvenating floral oil is designed to reduce signs of skin damage, boost circulation and give a glow to your skin, any season of the year. Make it part of your pre-bridal beauty regimen (we did, and we’re already seeing the results!), and make a vow to take the best possible care of yourself, outside and in, as you make your way toward your special day.
WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE
Brittany and Ryan ~ November 23, 2013
“I’d never given much thought to the idea of ‘love at first sight’—until the moment it happened to me,” says Brittany. The bride first locked eyes with her hubby-to-be at a country-music festival in Steamboat Springs, Colo.—an instant that, she says, “felt like a movie” and changed her life. Eleven months into their long-distance relationship (he was in Austin, she in Houston), Ryan proposed aboard a gondola at Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel. The couple’s Catholic ceremony was intimate and spiritual; their red-gold-and-black Hotel ZaZa reception was all about fun. “Since our love story began at a music festival,” Brittany says, dancing ruled the day—the highlight of a celebration “designed to include all of our guests; we wanted them to feel how much we loved them.”
Both former high-school athletes, Brittany and Chad sat next to each other on the way to UIL regionals in San Antonio—and that, Brittany says, was pretty much all it took for her to fall in love. After dinner at their favorite hometown restaurant one evening in 2012, where, Brittany recounts, her future groom “ate a kid’s meal for dinner because he was so nervous” (how cute is that?), Chad proposed to her underneath a blanket of stars at Hempstead City Park. The couple’s Antique Rose Emporium wedding, with its “antique, sweet Southern vibe,” was sheer perfection, from the deeply touching chapel ceremony, to the gently tousled flower arrangements and rustic burlap table runners, to the down-home dinner of chicken-fried steak and homemade mashed potatoes, to the natural beauty of their chosen venue—which, with its acres of Texas pioneer roses “did not call for extreme amounts of decorations,” Brittany says. “Everyone had a blast including my grandparents who are 70 years old and were the life of the party,” the bride notes—a fact attested to beautifully by photos from Paige Budde of Awake Photography. Congratulations, Brittany and Chad—may your life together forever be a garden of roses.
Photos: Awake Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero from Weddings by Debbie ~ Tuxedos: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal ~ Flowers: Dilorio Farms & Roadside Market, Hempstead ~ Venue: Antique Rose Emporium, Brenham
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: We love a bride who isn’t afraid of a little color. Take Lisa, for instance, who walked down the aisle carrying a bouquet of intense red roses to wed her beloved Ben. Beautiful, right? Even more beautiful is the combination of snow white, rich red and bright aqua blue—the palette of choice at this adorable couple’s ranch reception. We especially love those cylinder centerpieces by Clear Lake Flowers, so simple, so elegant, so WOW. Kudos to fine Houston photographer David Stanley of DC Stanley Photography, whose awesome shots are featured here.
Photography: DC Stanley Photography~Bride’s Dress: Alfred Angelo~Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo~Mother of the Bride’s Dress: T Carolyn Fashions~Cake: Cakes & Culinary Creations~Flowers: Clear Lake Flowers~Reception Venue: White House Ranch~Wedding Consultant: Lisa Hendricks